AOL to Release New Netscape Update in Early Summer

Tuesday March 30th, 2004

The Inquirer is reporting that America Online is to release a new version of the Netscape browser. The upgrade will be a "'point' release based on the latest Mozilla code" and "will be made available in the very early summer timeframe." Speculation that an update was in the works began last week, when the San Francisco Bay Area's Mercury News paraphrased an AOL spokeswoman as saying that "there will be future versions of Netscape that are essentially repackaged upgrades of Mozilla."

The confirmation that a new Netscape release is on the way does not indicate that AOL is planning to provide any further development or financial support to the Mozilla project. Indeed, no AOL employees are paid to work on Mozilla and we can expect this latest version to be even more similar to Mozilla than previous releases. The more intriguing question is what made AOL change its mind about shelving the veteran browser.

#36 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New stable branch?

by bzbarsky

Thursday April 1st, 2004 6:18 AM

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I have no problem with stabilizing 1.7 crash-wise and such. We should do that. I have problems with declaring it a long-lived API-stable branch. I have MAJOR problems with the fact that we are letting vendors force our hand as to what will be a long-lived stable branch and what won't be. That should be a decision makes. Vendors can have input into it, sure. But then they should provide that input at an early enough date that can adjust accordingly.

Frankly, in my opinion the right response to Firebird's last-minute announcement should have been, "No, wait until 1.8 when we will have had some advance warning and can stabilize the branch properly."

As it is, tons of extensions will break from 1.7 to 1.8 or 1.9 (and from FB 1.0 to whatever they call the next version, but FB made that bed themselves) as APIs change and it will be a major pain for users.